Unfriedliche Religionen? Das politische Gewalt- und Konfliktpotenzial von Religionen.
Wiesbaden: VS Verlag 2005

325 pp., Euro 29.90; ISBN 3-531-14786-2

Aggressive religions? The political and violence potential of religions
This is the result of the third meeting of the workshop of "Politics and religion" of the "Deutsche Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft" which took place in July 2003 in Bamberg.
Presently religions are a political factor of eminent but ambivalent importance. They may set off aggressions as well as escalate clashes, but may also contribute to deescalation and mediation. The papers in the book assess the political and violence potential of religions theoretically and empirically. The focus is on political theologies and various dimensions and levels of religious influence on political conflict. There are case studies of ethnic-religious civil wars and international conflicts.

Keywords: conflict and religions, religions and war, war and religions, aggressiveness of religions, nation building and religion, Buddhism and conflict, Islam and conflict, monotheism and violence, Sayyid Qutb, Marxism, National Socialism